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Poster: PrAz Date: May 18, 2008 1:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: High School Literary Analysis (Dead and Non-dead)

I am a high school senior and for the last assignment of the year my teacher has assigned my AP Literature class a 3-5 page paper, MLA format, with outside sources on a novel, poem, play, or song of our choice. Being the wannabe deadhead I am I thought of doing this rather ambiguously assigned and terse paper on either "Dark Star" (since it is the quintessential Dead song and one of the greatest rock song ever written) or Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row." Since Robert Hunter is a rather reputable lyricist and poet and David Dodd not only has the annotated Grateful Dead lyrics website but the published book as well I think it is plausible to do the paper on Dark Star. What do you guys think? Feel free to agree of disagree, I am sure this is a rather well educated audience I am speaking to. Thanks for the help.

~ Jon

This post was modified by PrAz on 2008-05-18 20:46:46

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Poster: patkelley Date: May 18, 2008 4:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: High School Literary Analysis (Dead and Non-dead)

I doubt that you'll get too far analyzing Dark Star. The magic of that song is in the improvised music, rather than the somewhat meaningless lyrics.

Desolation Row is a better choice, but you also might try Terrapin or Jack Straw for some Hunter lyrics that have some significance behind them.

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Poster: ghostofghostofghostofRBNW Date: May 18, 2008 5:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: High School Literary Analysis (Dead and Non-dead)

bunny foo foo

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: May 19, 2008 4:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: High School Literary Analysis (Dead and Non-dead)

Hmmmmm

Meaningless??

And I always thought it was about the begining of the universe . . . shows what I know.

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Poster: ducats Date: May 18, 2008 2:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: High School Literary Analysis (Dead and Non-dead)

I would drop out!

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: May 18, 2008 3:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: High School Literary Analysis (Dead and Non-dead)

Yup, Education's not all it's cracked up to be. Not to mention that if you're doing a paper on the Dead, you're already headed in the wrong direction. Tune in, Turn left, drop over.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: May 18, 2008 5:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: High School Literary Analysis (Dead and Non-dead)

to be honest, i really don't have a suggestion for you, but obviously, given your writing skills, you're already a step ahead of the pack; 'elbow' will of course disagree with me, but writing is less what you say than how you say it; okay, one last thought: perhaps Dark Star is not the optimal choice, and so, you might consider 'Bird Song' ... yes, it's a personal favourite of mine, but very quintessential Jerry, and isn't he really who we're talking about anyway??

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Poster: fenario80 Date: May 19, 2008 8:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: High School Literary Analysis (Dead and Non-dead)

I agree with the guy above that there just isn't enough to the Dark Star lyric to sustain an in-depth analysis.

Having engaged in some of this kind of behavior in college - call it youthful experimentation - I had better luck with Hunter's more "pastoral" lyrics. Brokedown Palace, Ripple, Eyes of the World, etc. are pretty ripe for interpretation, and from there it's not too long a stretch to contrast with Hunter's very own hero Blake on the innocence/experience dichotomy. Just one man's opinion. Good luck with the paper.

This post was modified by fenario80 on 2008-05-19 15:06:25

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